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CD REVIEW: David Simpkins - "Long Story Short”
By Stacey Board - 04/19/2005 - 09:10 PM EDT

Artist: David Simpkins
CD Review: Simpkins is a singer/songwriter with a legitimate folk pedigree. He has photos of his grandfather and seven siblings playing instruments with their own father. If for some reason the photos don’t convince you that Simpkins is legit then the songs will.

Some of the songs sound like they could be Neil Young because of the mix of the folk storytelling technique but the edge of an electric guitar adding emphasis to the darkness of a tale. The songs are built on acoustic guitar and Simpkins’ voice but there is some great sounding drums, bass, electric guitars and Hammond B3 organ.

Simpkins has a straightforward writing and singing style and its very effective. He doesn’t get maudlin or precious, just tells it like it is while he and the band play their hearts out.

Fans of well written and played folk/rock will really enjoy Simpkins’ “Long Story Short”.

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